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We look forward to seeing you there.


New Season Starts September 8th

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It’s that time of year again – the summer (what summer I hear you say!) is over and we are looking forward to another blistering Autumn (do you remember last year?) – but most of all we are looking forward to the first meeting of Blarney Toastmasters which is taking place in one week’s time, Tuesday Sept 8th at 8pm.

If you have not been to a Toastmasters meeting before, then you are very welcome to c0me along as a guest to see what takes place in our club.  You will find a friendly, supportive atmosphere and great craic, but also a wonderful learning experience for all.

We look forward to seeing you.

End of the old – start of the new

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The meeting taking place this Tuesday, July 28th is the last meeting of the summer and as usual will take place at Blarney Woolen Mills Hotel, Blarney, at 8pm sharp.

We then break for the month of August recommencing on September 8th.

As always we warmly welcome guests to our meetings. Come along and find out how Toastmasters works, in a supportive and caring manner. Our meetings are always good craic.

Your will find more information about the club on our Toastmasters Club page as well as on our Facebook Page.


International Contest Workshop With Freddie Daniells

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Blarney Toastmasters Freddie Daniells

International Speech Workshop

How to write a winning International Speech:

Duration 75 mins


Have you ever wondered what it would take to write a speech that is truly inspiring? Have you ever wondered whether you could write one yourself? And have you ever thought whether you could take that speech all the way to the finals of the World Championship of Public Speaking? Using speeches from past World Champions, today’s speaker is going to share his perspective on the key ingredients that will help you to write a compelling inspirational speech that you could use to enter the International Speech contest this coming Spring. Our speaker has attended 4 World Championships in person, was a judge in the 2013 finals and has attended many workshops by World Champions. He is also a professional speaking coach and 2012-13 District Governor for Great Britain and Ireland. Exceptional Evaluations: duration 2 ½ hours inclusive of 15 mins break.


Possibly the most important role within your Toastmasters meeting is the role of the evaluator. By encouraging and motivating the speaker you give them the tips they need to improve their speaking next time. However, it is also one of the most difficult roles to get right. Perhaps you find it difficult to identify the key issues you need to comment on? Perhaps you struggle to finish within time? Perhaps you find it difficult if the speaker is more advanced than you are? Perhaps you simply want to find that extra polish that will help you all the way to a District final? No matter your level, this workshop is for you.


On February 28th, Freddie Daniells will bring his highly interactive workshop, Exceptional Evaluations, to Blarney Toastmasters. This workshop has been well received by nearly 2000 Toastmasters across Great Britain, Ireland and Germany. This will be a unique opportunity to hear it at our club. Freddie will share his own experience starting out, and his journey of evaluations since. He will share the tips and secrets that he has learned first-hand from some of the best evaluators including past District Champions. Most importantly, he will share with you the process that he has learned to make sure that you will deliver the best evaluation every time. By the end of this workshop, you will be able to: 1. Pick the best content to include in your evaluations 2. Structure your evaluations more effectively 3. Make your points so that both the speaker and the audience get maximum benefit The workshop will take place at 3.45 pm at our home, Blarney Woollen Mills Hotel, Blarney Co Cork.

First Meeting of 2015 !

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Tuesday Jan 13th at 8pm Christy’s Hotel is our first meeting of 2015 ,for what promises to be a great year for Blarney Toastmasters. This year we will celebrate our 40th Anniversary and we have planned a wonderful weekend of festivities over the weekend of Feb 28th , more details to follow later.

As always visitors are more than Welcome to attend  what promises to be a highly entertaining evening !


October News Items

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Two meetings were held during the month of October in additional to the Area 3 & Divisional Finals of the Humorous Speech and Table Topics Competitions.

On the competition front Toastmaster Mike McGrath was victorious in the Area 3 Final of the Table Topics Contest hosted by the Talking Heads Club on Oct 7th but sadly was out of the prizes in the Divisional Final which was won by Toastmaster Pat Sexton with Maria Gillen, Bishopstown the runner-up.

At Club level we were treated to some excellent speeches, Toastmaster Darren Breathnach delivered an outstanding Stage 4 speech entitled ” Gourmet Burgers”  to a standard far exceeding many a stage 4 seen in the club here to fore. Certainly a Toastmaster with a great future.Equally a thoroughly enjoyable “Ice  Breaker” was undertaken by Daniel Barrett, one of our newest members and another with a great future in Toastmasters.

So plenty for all to enjoy ! With so many new members , getting on the Agenda will be a challenge in the coming months ahead !

Our next meeting will be held at 8pm on Novemeber 11th at Christy’s Hotel, as usual all are welcome, especially friends and Guests !

Area 3 Humorous Speech & Table Topics Competition Oct 7th 2014

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A great night was had by all at last night’s Area 3 Final of the Humorous Speech and Table Topics Competition hosted by the Talking Heads TM Club at the Garryvoe Hotel, East Cork. A very large crowd attended a meeting hosted by Talking Heads President Chris Dunne, and Contest Chair John Colbert. A lively and entertaining Topics Session(s) was directed by Sheila McGovern.

But the highlight of the evening was the competitions and first out for Blarney Toastmasters Ted Mellamphy with a speech entitled ” My Wife is a perfectionist” performed brillantly and secured 2nd place behind a lovely funny speech by local Eleanor Herlihy ” It’s not you ” were she recalled a day when she went  to buy a new dress for a wedding with the ” help” of some family members !

Following on from his successful Club Night victory, TM Mike McGrath, last to speak of 5 contestants took the Winners Honours again in the Table Topics Competition and will now go forward to the Divisional Final to be held at the Rochestown Park Hotel on Sunday Oct 19th at 2pm.

A large group of members travelled to Garryvoe to support Ted and Mike and thier support was greatly appreciated.